Alan Paton


Born
in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
January 11, 1903

Died
April 12, 1988

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Alan Stewart Paton was born and educated in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal. He started his career by teaching at a school in Ixopo where he met and married his first wife. The dramatic career change to director of a reformatory for black youths at Diepkloof, near Johannesburg, had a profound effect on his thinking. The publication of Cry, The Beloved Country (1948) made him one of South Africa's best known writers. It is a searing account of the inhumanity of apartheid told in a lyrical voice which emphasises Paton's love for the land and people of South Africa, and his hope for a change in the future. It remains a world bestseller and probably one of the most recognisable titles from this country. Paton became a fulltime writer after this ...more

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More books by Alan Paton…
“Sorrow is better than fear. Fear is a journey, a terrible journey. But, sorrow is at least an arriving. ”
Alan Paton

“I have always found that actively loving
saves one from a morbid preoccupation
with the shortcomings of society.”
Alan Paton

“The tragedy is not that things are broken. The tragedy is that things are not mended again.”
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